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Last week’s arrest of members of a Hawaiian sovereignty group brought up an often asked question in the Hawaiian community, “Who exactly speaks for native Hawaiians?”As HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports, the answer may be more complex than imagined.

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Kauaʻi’s electrical utility has a different history from the rest of the islands and different opportunities. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on what that has meant for its customer-owners.

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Applications are being accepted for a Maui-based conservation leadership program this summer.

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The Office of the State Auditor released its second report on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today. This report highlights oversight and accountability issues within the agency, and HART's relationship with HDR Engineering, Inc.

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Local and national experts on climate change are in Honolulu today to discuss the state’s response to climate change challenges. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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As Hawaiʻi’s state legislature prepares to open its session next week, counties are weighing in with some of their priorities.

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One of Oʻahu’s last new communities is taking shape on the Ewa plains.

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Can money motivate students to get better grades? That’s the question at the center of a research project being launched by an economics professor at UH Mānoa. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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The Office of the State Auditor released its first report on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today. In the report, the auditor says the information HART disclosed to the public often contradicted its own internal projections, and obscured the extent of the project's financial problems.

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If you’re still looking for a worthy New Year’s resolution, how about learning a new language in 2019? Studies have shown that language learning can help you tune out distractions, become better at multitasking and even ward off dementia. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

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Hawaiʻi is at the center for scientific research from the oceans to the skies. But when it comes to scientific discoveries made in the islands; there’s a question that’s getting more attention: should they be given Hawaiian names. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more on the story.

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Micah Kāne has been at the helm of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation for a year and a half and he’s been taking the organization in a new direction.

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A group of University of Hawaiʻi law students recently returned from international climate negotiations in Poland. This was the first time the University sent a delegation of observers to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

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In the New Year, adapting to climate change remains one of the biggest challenges around the world. That’s also true here in Hawaiʻi—which has made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as set forth in the 2015 Paris Agreement. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Bridging the Ala Wai?

Jan 2, 2019
Wayne Yoshioka

One project that will get more attention in the new year in Honolulu is a plan to build a bridge over the Ala Wai canal. The proposal would include room for pedestrians and for cyclists, but not for cars. HPR's Wayne Yoshioka has more on the plans.

Small Business Opportunities for 2019

Jan 1, 2019
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As you look ahead to the New Year, maybe you have ambitions to start or grow a business. One resource to consider is help from the federal government and its Small Business Innovation Research Program - or SBIR. But as HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports, the SBIR requires some homework.

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This past April, Kūhiō Highway on Kaua‘i’s North Shore was devastated by heavy flooding. Road repairs are now nearing completion. The state Department of Transportation plans to reopen the highway to the public by the end of January or early February. But HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports local residents are concerned the coast isn’t ready for the increased traffic.

Medical Tourism for Hawaiʻi?

Dec 31, 2018
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  When the final numbers roll in for 2018, it's likely to be another record year for visitor arrivals to Hawaiʻi. But as people consider what that sector may look like in 2019 and beyond, there may be a developing niche: medical tourism. Wayne Yoshioka has more.

Income Challenges for Elders

Dec 28, 2018
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This holiday season, many are focusing on those less fortunate - who need a little help to get by. For some, that means extra government assistance that goes beyond Social Security. And as HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports, that includes a growing number of Hawaii's elders - our kupuna.

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Flooding and heavy rains in April caused severe damage to the road and natural landscape on Kauaʻi’s North Shore. Access to communities at the end of the road has been limited to local residents for more than eight months. As HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports, this isolation has allowed the area’s natural resources to rebound.

Smart Students in Hawai‘i

Dec 27, 2018
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This week, we're looking back on some stories our reporters did in 2018 that still resonate at year's end. This past spring, HPR's Wayne Yoshioka covered the annual Science and Engineering Fair. And if you want some insights on the value of schools and education, meet some of these students.

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Japanese-Americans are more likely to accumulate fat in their liver and abdomen compared to other ethnicities.

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A new program will make state documents more accessible to non-English speakers in Hawaiʻi.

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The last several miles of road along Kauaʻi’s North Shore remain closed to the public since the April flood. Local residents are limited to commute along one lane of the highway and only during scheduled convoy times. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi hopped on a recent convoy up the coast and filed this report.

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What’s ahead for the local economy? This week, Pacific Business News consulted with industry leaders and economists about what 2019 will bring to Hawaii.

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A new community-driven initiative on Kaua’i’s North Shore aims to ensure residents have a say in rebuilding their coast after the massive flooding earlier this year. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi recently visited the Garden Isle and filed this report.

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The 65-year-old aloha shirt company ʻIolani Sportswear has been reinventing itself, including dropping “sportswear” from its name.

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Managing our mental health during the holidays can be challenging – there is so much to do, attend and plan. This can leave folks feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and depressed. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi filed this report.

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Sudanese singer Alsarah is known for her powerful voice and eclectic mix of what she calls “East African retro pop.” She and her Brooklyn-based band The Nubatones are in Honolulu for a week-long residency at Shangri La. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

Catherine Cruz

These are busy days for O‘ahu’s Department of Planning and Permitting. There are issues with so-called monster homes and the housing shortage. And there’s new attention on the slow turn-around on building permits.

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